Book Reviews For Mystery Lovers

So many mysteries, so little time to read them. Here are a few upcoming March releases that have piqued my interest:


Swan Dive book cover

Title:  Swan Dive     Author: Kendel Lynn

Release Date: March 17, 2015      ISBN:   9781941962510

Plot:    On the opening night of the Ballantyne Foundation’s production of The Nutcracker, a Sugar Plum Fairy is found dead backstage; the immediate assumption is suicide, but Elli Lisbon suspects murder.


Why?    The ballet angle sounds fun, and there should be a nice dose of humor tossed into the mystery mix. 


Edge of Dreams book cover

Title:  The Edge of Dreams      Author: Rhys Bowen

Release Date: March 03, 2015     ISBN:    9781250052025

Plot: Molly Murphy Sullivan becomes caught up in a cat-and-mouse game between her husband and a serial killer.

The killer’s tactic of sending taunting notes to Molly’s husband (a captain in the New York City police force) after each murder has hooked me. Also, Rhys Bowen is usually a good bet for a good read, and Molly is a lively character to follow.



The Mourning Bells book cover

Title: The Mourning Bells    Author: Christine Trent

Release Date: March 31, 2015      ISBN:    9781617736438

Plot: When coffin bells begin ringing and people are discovered in their caskets very much alive, an undertaker questions if these events are the result of sloppy undertaking or if they are linked to something more nefarious.


Why?  Safety coffins were quite popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. These coffins were equipped with some device, such as a bell or a rope, that could alert the outside world if the coffin’s inhabitant had been buried prematurely. How often any of these were used in real life, I don’t know. In Trent’s novel, at least two poor souls are rescued from early demises due to these devices; why they were buried in the first place is a mystery. With its Victorian London setting and morbid subject matter, this seems like it would be the perfect mystery to crack open on one of these cold winter nights.



Those are my picks for March 2015. What new mystery releases are you anticipating?



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